Departments across the county battled an intense blaze that erupted at 9 p.m. Friday at a vacant apartment building in Bonne Terre.

According to Bonne Terre Fire Chief Matt Barton, crews arrived on the scene to find heavy fire coming from the second floor of the two-story structure. No injuries were reported as the building was under renovation and unoccupied.

Bonne Terre fire crews worked to quash the flames and struck a second alarm after arrival due to the possible danger to other houses in close proximity. Multiple fire departments from across the county converged on the scene to assist. Farmington Fire responded with its ladder truck and crews contained the fire after 11 p.m.

The building had utilities connected, but a source of ignition was not immediately determined. The office of the state fire marshal was called in to conduct an investigation. The building had heavy damage.

This is the second intense fire that Bonne Terre crews have battled in as many days.

"The last two nights have been long and tedious for the city," said Barton. "I just want to say we could not have had the speedy response we did without all the help of the mutual aid companies that have come to our assistance. We certainly appreciate their help."

Personnel from Big River, Desloge, Park Hills, Lake Timberline, Leadington and Farmington departments assisted Bonne Terre firefighters.



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